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 FAQs: Pre-K

​new!  Why aren’t PreK students included in the back-to-school survey?
The survey is for K-12 students only. If families have already enrolled in Early Childhood and completed and mailed registration packets to the district, they’re all set for the upcoming school year. If you have not enrolled in school, please visit the Early Childhood Screening and Placement Office at the District Administration Building to complete the enrollment process. 

new!  What if my PreK student has a medical exemption for the upcoming school year? Who should I tell?
Families should work with their family physician to obtain a physician’s script recommending remote instruction due to the child’s medical condition. The physician’s script may be faxed to 815-489-2610 or dropped off at the Early Childhood office on the second floor of the RPS 205 Administration Building, 501 7th St., Rockford. 

new!  What if the parent/guardian/caregiver of a PreK student has a medical issue? Can I choose remote learning? Does having an immunocompromised person at home count toward a medical exemption?
Yes, families should work with their family physician to obtain a physician’s script recommending remote instruction due to the family member’s medical condition. The physician’s script may be faxed to 815-489-2610 or dropped off at the Early Childhood office on the second floor of the RPS 205 Administration Building, 501 7th St., Rockford. 

new!  How does a person get a medical exemption?
Families should work with their family physician to obtain a physician’s script recommending remote instruction due to their medical condition. 

new!  Why aren’t PreK students given a remote-only option?
Teams of administrators and teachers determined that the social emotional impact for early childhood should be top of mind when considering in-person instruction. In addition, we considered the importance of developmentally appropriate practices for young children, which includes learning through positive interactions and relationships, as well as limited screen time. We also considered the fact that several childcare centers have successfully reopened in our area. We are in close contact with our state partners, and we are constantly reviewing the latest guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education and Winnebago County Health Department to guide our work.

All of that information, coupled with the need of our students and families, led us to the decision to offer five days of in-person instruction. This also works best for most of our working families. 

new!  If my child is on the Montessori PreK waiting list, should I still complete the back-to-school survey?
No. Families with students on a special programs waiting list will be contacted if a seat becomes available. The district is still accepting students for its Early Childhood program; please make an appointment at the Early Childhood Screening and Placement Office.


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